The Tragedy of American Compassion

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Regnery Publishing, Feb 1, 1994 - Social Science - 299 pages
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This is a book of hope at a time when just about everyone but Marvin Olasky has lost hope. The topic is poverty and the underclass. The profound truth that Marvin Olasky forces us to confront is that the problems of the underclass are not caused by poverty. Some of them are exacerbated by poverty, but we know that they need not be caused by poverty, for poverty has been the condition of the vast majority of human communities since the dawn of history, and they have for the most part been communities of stable families, nurtured children, and low crime. It is wrong to think that writing checks will end the problems of the underclass, or even reduce them. - Preface.
 

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

I cannot recall where I came across a reference to this book -- but I am very, very glad I did. Although this comprehensive and remarkably illuminating history of American charity and social service ... Read full review

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User Review  - stanshelley - LibraryThing

Olasky seems to be a man of genuine compassion so he does not view the tragedy as just a political one - it is a tragedy for the unfortunate people who deserve our compassion. Read full review

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Contents

THE EARLY AMERICAN MODEL OF COMPASSION
6
TURNING CITIES INTO COUNTRYSIDE
24
FIRST CHALLENGE TO THE CHARITY CONSENSUS
42
THE SOCIAL DARWINIST THREAT
60
PROVING SOCIAL DARWINISM WRONG
80
THE SEVEN MARKS OF COMPASSION
99
AND WHY NOT DO MORE?
116
EXCITEMENT OF A NEW CENTURY
134
SELLING NEW DEALS IN OLD WINESKINS
151
REVOLUTIONAND ITS HEARTBREAK
167
QUESTIONS OF THE 1970S AND 1980S
184
PUTTING COMPASSION INTO PRACTICE
200
APPLYING HISTORY
217
ENDNOTES
235
INDEX
291
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